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A girl is murdered and her body dumped in the forest. Nature's Way is a short film that explores the mind of a murderer who thinks he's gotten away with it. In Jane Shearer's haunting Cannes-nominated film the dense native bush acts as witness passing down its judgement on the killer. In the absence of dialogue, Matthew Sunderland's paranoid protagonist, sublime cinematography by award-winning DoP Andrew Commis (Blue Tongue, Beautiful Kate) and an eerie, spare soundtrack by Rachel Shearer evoke the themes of utu at the suburban fringe.

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 Jimi Colzato

Jimi Colzato

Brilliant ! Love everything about it ! Photography is gorgeous, story is trippy, acting and direction is razor sharp !

If I've got to be critic I'd say there're probably one or two movements of camera unnecessary ! But hey, out of perfect it's a tiny flaw !

well done guys



I'm scared. Nice work.


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With filmmaking you write, sketch it up, collaborate with crew, create sound, finesse pictures, it's a mass of different creative skills 


2007 Paris Cinema International Film Festival
Best Short Film

2006 Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection (Short Film in Competition)

2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards
Best Short Film
Craft Achievement Award for Cinematography (Andrew Commis)

Nominated for Best Performance in a Short Film: Matthew Sunderland

Festivals include
2007 Hof International Film Festival (Germany), 2007 Short Film Festival in Drama (Greece), 2007 Asiana International Short Film Festival (Korea), 2006 New Zealand International Film Festival, 2006 MIC Homegrown Film Festival (NZ), 2006 BFI London Film Festival, 2006 San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (Spain),  Melbourne International Film Festival, 2006 Sao Paulo (Brazil), Rhode Island (United States)